TV host Will Clinger describes attack, robbery on CTA Red Line train: ‘I got stitches to prove it’

TV host Will Clinger describes attack, robbery on CTA Red Line train: ‘I got stitches to prove it’

CHICAGO (TOC) — A Pink Line theft sufferer described the moments earlier than he was attacked and injured by thieves earlier this week.

TV host Will Clinger has had 48 hours to heal from the assault that occurred to him on the Pink Line Monday night as he headed downtown to satisfy a good friend. He obtained on at Thorndale, and because the practice pulled into Addison, issues obtained, effectively, wild.

“I had my cellphone out and there have been two individuals a girl and a person sitting throughout from me,” Clinger mentioned. “The lady darted throughout the aisle, grabbed the cellphone and each of them ran out the practice automotive.”

As he was subsequent to the door, the 64-year-old bolted after them.

“It was pure intuition,” he mentioned. “I chased them down the platform and the following factor I do know, I do not bear in mind getting hit, however one thing will need to have hit me laborious within the head. I obtained stitches to show it.”

He mentioned he regrets his motion.

“I went face ahead onto the platform,” Clinger mentioned.

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The thieves obtained away on an evening when police mentioned there was one other incident close to Thorndale, a theft of a feminine passenger.Along with common CTA patrols, the company confirmed it has contracts with non-public safety companies to offer “an added presence throughout the system.”

CTA mentioned these unarmed guards “are educated in de-escalation methods and are an added layer of educated eyes/ears… for reporting incidents to police.”

Clinger, the host of “Wild Travels” on PBS, a present about eclectic encounters throughout America, was shocked on the violence. He suffered a contusion, mind bleed and a swollen proper hand.

He was mugged years in the past on the Washington DC transit system however he mentioned, with some levity, that this was worse.

“This metropolis is a good metropolis,” Clinger mentioned. “It deserves to be loved with out feeling threatened, let’s be trustworthy.”

The CTA declined a possibility to do an on-camera interview to debate this and different crime on the system. They’ve mentioned prior to now that for the dimensions of the system and the variety of rides provided, it is protected.

Police reiterated that you need to by no means give chase once you’re the sufferer of a legal act. They proceed to research the assault on Clinger.

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